Felician Baseball Is No. 9 In Final Regional Writers Poll

(Photo by Dave Schofield)
(Photo by Dave Schofield)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College is ranked No. 9 in the current National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II East Region Poll, according to balloting released today. Felician (26-18, 15-5 CACC) is coming off a 2-1 week.

Monday's poll is the final one of the season. Felician is listed in the NCBWA's regional top 10 for the seventh consecutive week, and in the No. 9 spot for the third week in a row and the fourth overall. The Golden Falcons' season-high ranking was No. 7 on Apr. 7.

The Golden Falcons own a won-lost record of 23-14 against regional opponents. Felician has played 12 games against the rest of the regional top 10, going 3-9 in those contests. It lost a home game to current No. 5 St. Thomas Aquinas College on May 1.

Felician is one of two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) members to be ranked this week. Wilmington (Del.) University (32-7-1) begins its second week in the top spot. Wilmington and Felician are the top two seeds in the main draw of the CACC playoffs, which begin on Thursday in New Castle, Del. Another CACC institution, Nyack College (22-20), received votes.

Felician ranks second in the CACC in both batting average (.296) and earned-run average (2.90). Senior shortstop Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard) is third in the conference with a .374 batting average and tops the CACC in hits (67) and triples (school-record 11). Senior outfielder Joe Petosa (Spotswood, N.J./Spotswood) is fourth in the league with a .359 batting average, while sophomore first-baseman Scott De Jong (North Haledon, N.J./Eastern Christian) bats .352 with five home runs and a region-high 45 RBI.

Junior left-hander Jerry Vasto (Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Henry Hudson Regional) (6-2, 1.46 ERA) has paced the pitching staff of late. The two-time CACC Pitcher of the Week has tossed 22 consecutive scoreless innings.

The NCBWA D-II East voting panel is comprised of nine regional sports information directors, three each from the CACC, East Coast Conference, and Northeast-10 Conference. There are 33 baseball-playing schools in the region.